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Rodrigo Abd

LEICA Fotografie International / BarTur Award Photojournalist of the Year

Rodrigo Abd

Judges Choice

Born in Bs. As., Argentina, on October 27, 1976.

His career began as a staff photographer at La Razón and La Nación newspapers in Bs As, from 1999 to 2003.

Since 2003, he has been a staff photographer for the Associated Press based in Guatemala, with the exception of 2006, when he was based in Kabul, Afghanistan.

Rodrigo has worked on AP special assignments covering political turmoils, social and armed conflicts, presidential elections, and natural disasters. In 2010, he has twice been embedded with US troops in Kandahar, Afghanistan. In 2011 he covered the political conflict in Lybia. In 2012 he covered the Syrian armed conflict.

Abd, along with fellow AP photographers, M. Brabo, N. Contreras, K. Hamra, and Muhammed Muheisen, were awarded the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for Breaking News Photograph for their work covering the Syrian civil war.
Over the last few years, he has been working on several projects around Latinoamerica and the world, mixing his work with digital photography and his ancient WoodBox Camera.

His last great coverage of the war in Ukraine made the most important front pages and news channels in the world.

He is based in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Welcome to hell



The withdrawal of Russian troops exposes the suffering of civilians around Kyiv. Bucha was a quiet suburb of the Ukrainian capital until the invasion.

The horrors of war become so routine here that residents walk past dead bodies and barely look at them. About 400 people were buried in mass graves in Bucha, while other bodies of entire families lay in bullet riddled cars or in their own backyards. For almost a week, every day revealed more devastation. Hundreds of neighbours lived in damp and cold basements for over a month while the Russian army occupied their houses and killed without mercy.

Sadness, desolation, death, more and more death, anguish, silence, this was entering Bucha. This is war, welcome to hell.

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